MacBook 13" (Late 2008 Aluminum)

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MacBook 13" (Late 2008 Aluminum)

MacBook 13" (Late 2008 Aluminum)
Device type MacBook
Model identifier MacBook5,1
Release year 2008
Processor 2.0 GHz or 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (P7350/P8600)
Display 13,3", 1280 × 800

OS Support

  • Shipped: Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5
  • Maximum: Current OS X
  • Windows: XP, Vista, 7 (32-bit only)

Announced at an October 2008 press event alongside the Late 2008 MacBook Pros and MacBook Air, this particular MacBook line was the only line in the brand to be built in an aluminum enclosure. Just like the MacBook Pro, it would showcase Apple's new emphasis on "unibody" designs, thus also serving as the forerunner of the 13" MacBook Pro models. From the Pro lines, this model would inherit a multitouch trackpad in replacement of the usual scrolling variant.

In addition to strutting out updated Penryn-based Core2 processors, Apple based these units on a custom-designed NVIDIA 9400M logic set and could thus offer gaming-worthy notebooks at budget-conscious prices to those of its customers with eyes on the MacBook Pro, but whom could not spare US$2,000.

It is the first MacBook to have dropped FireWire support entirely, and the last to include a removable battery. Apple also dumped the Mini-VGA port that had been used since the introduction of the white iBook in 2003, replacing it with Mini DisplayPort.

Configuration options included standard or backlit keyboards, supplementing other more common upgrades.

Other Notes:

  • This model is the earliest Macbook non-Air, non-Pro that supports Mountain Lion.
  • MacBook models support neither AirPlay Mirroring nor Power Nap

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